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Luther 'Snake Boy' Johnson


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Blues Musician. Johnson was born Lucius Johnson on August 30, 1934, in Davisboro, Georgia. A very confusing but talented blues musician, Johnson recorded under the names of Luther ‘Snake Boy’ Johnson, Luther ‘Georgia Boy’ Johnson, Little Luther, and Luther Johnson. After being discharged from the military, Johnson became a member and guitarist of the ‘Milwaukee Supreme Angels’ gospel group, working the local church circuit. Johnson later turned to blues music and he soon had his own little blues trio together, later moving to Chicago, Illinois, in the early 1960s.

He played with musician Elmore James and later was a regular fixture in the Muddy Waters band by the mid-1960s. In the 1960s he recorded the song, ‘The Twirl,’ for the Chess Records Label. In 1970 Johnson moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to work as a solo artist. From 1970 to 1976 Johnson worked the college and blues festival circuit before he was taken ill. Johnson died on March 18, 1976, at the age of 41,in Boston, Massachusetts, following a battle with cancer.

Johnson’s recordings include, ‘Woman Don’t Lie,’ ‘Take It Off Him And Put It On Me,’ ‘Blues Is Something I’ll Never Lose,’ ‘Woman Why You Treat Me So Mean,’ ‘They Call Me Snake,’ ‘Slip It Off Your Hips And Move,’ ‘Woman Don’t Lie,’ ‘On The Rise Again,’ ‘and ‘Impression From France.’ (bio by: K)

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